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verecl or explained, if apparently simple matter bo
increased in number or recogtiised a being compound,
Htimboldt's researches will nevertheless be important
to the most remote ages, for they show us nature) in
its animation, and point to the eternally iimmitablo
and regular amid physical mutability.
The order in which the lectures wore given is ad-
hered to in Kosmos. We have stated that the course
consisted of sixty-one free addresses, which were sub-
divided as follows :
Five lectures treated of the  nature and limits of
physical geography, and included a general sketch
of nature.
Three were devoted to a history of the science of
the world.
Two to inducements to a study of natural science.
Sixteen to the Heavens.
Five to the form, density, latent heat, and mag-
netic power of the earth, and to the polar light.
Four were on the nature of the firm earth crust,
on hot springs, earthquakes, and volcanos.
Two on mountains, and the type of their forma-
Two on the form of the earth's surface, on the con-
nexion of the continents, and the elevation of
the soil over ravines.
Three on the sea as a globular fluid surrounding the
Ten on the atmosphere as an elastic fluid surround-
ing the earth, and on the distribution of heat.
One on the geographic distribution of organized
matter in general.
Three on the geography of plants.
Three on the geography of animals.
Two on the races of man.
This will serve as a review of the general contents
of Kosmos. A world is revealed to our senses and
our intelligence in this work of Humboldt; the en-
tire world as a scientific, strictly objective, but at the
same time truly animated picture of infinite variety